Technology

Scheme of the 3D chip (Image courtesy Stanford and MIT)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the creation of a new architecture for next-generation computers. A Stanford University and MIT team led by Max Shulaker, assistant professor at MIT, used experimental technologies such as carbon nanotubes and RRAM to create a prototype of a 3D chip that combines current computers’ CPU and RAM much faster in processing data and at the same time with a much lower power consumption.

The Japanese telecommunications holding company SoftBank Group Corp. has announced that it has reached an agreement with Alphabet Inc., the holding company Google is part of, to buy the robots producers Boston Dynamics and Schaft for a figure that hasn’t been disclosed. Google bought the two companies in December 2013 as part of a series of acquisitions in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence but something didn’t go well in its plans, which have been modified.

The tumor board at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida (Photo courtesy EPIC Creative)

The ASCO 2017, the annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), new data were presented regarding the experimentation of Watson for Oncology, the version of IBM’s cognitive computing system trained to recognize the symptoms of various forms of cancer and suggest a therapy. Developed within the Watson Health business unit, it showed a level of agreement with human doctors that reached 96% in cases of lung cancer.

Graphene-quantum dots-CMOS-based sensor (Image courtesy ICFO/ D. Bartolome)

An article published in the journal “Nature Photonics” describes the development of the first graphene-based camera. A team of researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) integrated a CMOS-type circuit with graphene creating a high resolution image sensor consisting of hundreds of thousands of graphens-based photodetectors and quantum dots. The camera is sensitive to ultraviolet, visible and infrared light at the same time.

The Machine prototype (Photo courtesy HPE. All rights reserved)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) presented a prototype of “The Machine”, the computer of the future announced in June 2014. It is a single-memory computer, which means it exceeds the division between RAM and mass memory with its 160 TB (TeraByte) memory, more than that of servers. However, this is not a memtor, the technology being developed that should best combine the benefits of RAM and mass memory.